08.07.2001 - Reminder to Chief Executive Rodney Stone

37 Church Road
Royal Tunbridge Wells

e-mail: telephonehouse@cs.com
internet: http://uk.geocities.com/telephonehouse

Rodney Stone Esq
The Chief Executive
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Town Hall TN1 1RS

8 July 2001

Dear Mr Stone

Telephone House Development
- Application 99/02211 - Application 00/01474 - Appeal APP/M227/A/00/1054946
- Local Plan Review - Deposit Copy / Policy H6(a)

We received a letter from Mr Haynes dated 13 June 2001, which we consider to be an unsatisfactory and even arrogant reply to a letter sent to him by our Association.
Mr Haynes goes as far as to request not to write to him again before we had a reply from you to a letter sent to you on 6 June 2001.

We asked you to let us have your answers by 20 June. Over a month later we think replies to our questions are overdue.

Would you please let us have your reply within the next week. As you are certainly aware of Inspector Malcolm Lewis’s decision on the appeal of Crest Homes/BT versus TWBC, you will appreciate that we need very detailed answers to question No. 15. ***

Yours sincerely
Annemarie Topliss
for the Committee of
The Telephone House Neighbours Association

*** Question 15 - 06.06.2001

  1. Since this part of the plan (Policy H6 (a)) is known to be contrary to the unanimous views of the WAPC, expressed at its meeting in October 2000, and of the residents, why were their views ignored?
  2. Which officer(s) were responsible for the inclusion of this Policy?
  3. Since it was known, even to Council officers, by May 2001 that the area of the site is 0.307 ha (not 0.32 ha) and the density 140 (not 130), why were the incorrect figures put into the draft plan?
  4. and for what purpose?
  5. As stated in the Local Plan Review 6.57 (p 113), "the LPA sought to identify only sites of 0.4 hectares or greater as housing allocation".
    Why was Policy H6(a) / Telephone House included as a policy?
  6. As all officers were fully aware and conversant with our concerns why did none of them have the courtesy to advise us of Policy H6(a) being included in the Local Plan Review, up for approval or rejection by the Council in an extra-ordinary Council meeting?

2001 - The uneasy questions to the Chief Executive Rodney Stone and other senior officers of TWBC
2003 - the questions are still unanswered - they are as intriguing as in 2001.
What went wrong with the Telephone House Planning Applications ?

During summer/autumn 2001, after the Public Inquiry - The attitude of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council's
Chief Executive and Director of Operational Services towards Residents

The Telephone House Neighbours Association, Tunbridge Wells
The aims are to heighten peoples' awareness and concern for the high-density development on Telephone House site, Church Road / York Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1.